ESL Likes and Dislikes Vocabulary

English Words for Likes and Dislikes


To be into
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To like something and be very interested in it.

“My brother is really into his car. He works on it everyday.”

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To be head over heals for
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To have very strong emotions for another person. This usually involves romance.

“I can’t get Betty out of my mind. I am head over heals for her.”

To be crazy for

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To really like something a lot.

“I am crazy for the new Twilight movies. They are so fabulous!.”

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To be down with
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A slang way to say you are comfortable with a person or a thing.

“You can invite Bob to the party. We are all down with him. He is welcome.”

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To be cool with
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Another slang term for liking something.

“I am cool with going out to eat tonight. Let’s go to the Mexican place downtown.”

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To be a junkie for something
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To have an extreme liking of a certain thing

“I am a Starbuck’s coffee junkie. I love it so much that I go twice a day.”

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To die for
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Something that is so great that you have to try it. This term is usually used to describe a great meal or drink.

“You have to try the strawberry shortcake my mom makes. It is to die for!”

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To be a fan of
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To like something a lot.

“I am a huge fan of the deli down the street. Everything they serve is great.”

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To not be your cup of tea
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To not be something that you are interested in.

“Hiking up a mountain is not my cup of tea. I’d rather be eating a hamburger on my couch while watching TV.”

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To be turned off by
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To have negative feelings towards a person or a thing.

“We were turned off by the salesman’s aggressiveness. He was very pushy and just wanted us to buy something quickly.”

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To be put off by
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To be annoyed by someone or something.

“Sara was put off by your racist comments.”

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To rub the wrong way
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To cause negative feelings.

“That teacher really rubs me the wrong way. Why is he so mean?”

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To not be your thing
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An activity that you really don’t enjoy doing.

“Going to the mall to shop all day is not my thing. I wish my wife didn’t make me do it.”

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To gross you out
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Something that makes you disgusted.

“John grosses me out. He always picks his nose at dinner.”

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To irk someone
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To annoy greatly.

“My daughter’s boyfriend irks me. He dresses like a slob and he has bad manners.”

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To not care for
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To not have good feelings for a person or a thing.

“I do not care for my new boss. He is rude and he makes us work late.”

Exercises to Practice These English Expressions:

  • Conversation Activity for Likes and Dislikes Vocabulary
  • Script for Likes and Dislikes Conversation Activity
  • Listening Activity for Likes and Dislikes Vocabulary
  • Reading Activity for Likes and Dislikes Expressions
  • Likes and Dislikes Vocabulary Worksheet II
  • Likes and Dislikes Matching Worksheet